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The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)


The name Muhammad means -
praised,
commendable,
laudable

It has its roots in the verb Hamida, which means -
to praise,
commend
laud,
extol.

The full name of the Prophet Muhammad is Abu al-Qasim Muhammad Ibn Abd Allah Ibn Abd al-Muttalib Ibn Hashim. He was orphaned at a very young age, and doubtless this experience had a profound impact upon him, and the manner in which he was to conduct his life subsequent to recieving Allah SWT's Final Testament.

The designation "Seal of The Prophets" - Khaatama An-Nabiyeen, 33:40 - confirms that the Prophet is the Last Messenger of Allah SWT.

The Prophet Muhammad began to recieve the Final Revelations from Allah SWT when he was 40 years old in the city of his birth, Mecca. At the time, he was married to a noble aristocratic lady of the name Khadijah (rda), and was the father of four daughters. He was widely acknowledged as being an exceedingly good man, and the title "Al-Amin" - The Trustworthy -was bestowed upon him in recognition of this most worthy of traits.

Islam is an Arabic word and means, quite simply, "submission" It is derived from the verb Salima, which means -
to be safe and sound
unimpaired
intact,
secure,
safe,
blameless,
faultless, and so on.

The words Silm, Salm and Salaam carry the meanings of peace.

Thus, the word "Muslim" means "one who submits" to the Will of the Creator, and in doing so attains inner and outer peace.

The Message of Islam continues, confirms and concludes the Earlier Revelations contained in The Torah, Psalms Of David and Gospels. In that sense, then, Islam is by no means a new religion neither is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) its "founder".

His character, nature and function are described in Al-Qur'an as follows -

Surah 68 Al-Qalam, Verse 4
And indeed, you are on an exalted (standard) of character.

Surah 33 Al-Ahzaab, Verse 21
Verily, in the Apostle of Allah you have a good example for everyone who looks forward (with hope and awe) to Allah and The Last Day and remembers Allah unceasingly.

Surah 2 Al-Baqarah, Verse 143
And thus have WE Willed you to be a Community of the Middle Way, so that (with your lives) you might bear witness to the Truth before all mankind, and that the Apostle might bear witness to it before you.


The concept of the Unity of God lies at the heart of the Revelations granted to the Prophet Muhammad. Thus, "There is no god except The God" - La Ilaha Illa-Llah - is the fundamental premise of Islam.

Surah 112 Al-Ikhlaas, Verses 1-4;
Say: "HE Is The One God:
God The Eternal, The Uncaused Cause of All That Exists.
HE Begets not, and neither is HE Begotten;
and there is nothing that could be compared with HIM."


The Bible clearly predicts the advent of the Prophet Muhammad:
In the following Verse, Allah SWT Reveals to Abraham (pbuh) -

Genesis xxi,13
..of the son (Ishmael) of the bondwoman (Hagar) will I make a great nation because he is thy seed.

Witnessing the suffering of Hagar, Allah SWT informs her -

Genesis xxi, 17-18
Allah heard the voice of the boy, and the Angel of Allah called to Hagar from Heaven and said to her, "What's wrong, Hagar? Don't be afraid, for Allah has heard the voice of the boy and from the place where he is. Get up, help the boy up, and sustain him, for I Will make him a great nation."

The Prophet Abraham was the father of both Ishmael - his eldest son born of Hagar - and Isaac - his second son born of Sarah. The long line of Hebrew Prophets are descended from Isaac and his son Jacob (ie., Israel) and the Prophet Muhammad is descended from Ishmael (pbut)

Allah SWT Reveals to Moses (pbuh)
Deuteronomy xviii,15 - 
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee,of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him shall ye hearken."

Deuteronomy xviii,18 - 
"I will raise them up a prophet from among thy brethren, like unto thee,and will put MY words in his mouth."

The Hebrews were an Arab tribe, thus, their "brethren" are Arabs.

Jesus (pbuh) informs his followers, compatriots and Companions of the advent of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) -

 St.John, 16,7
"Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.."

St.John, 16,13
"..How be it when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you unto all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.."

Al-Qur'an confirms these Revelations in Surah 61 As-Saff, Verse 6
And..when Jesus, the son of Maryam, said: "O Children of Israel! Behold, I am an Apostle of Allah unto you, (sent) to confirm the Truth of whatever there still remains of the Torah, and to give (you) the glad tiding of an Apostle who shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.

Ahmad is one of the names of the Prophet, and is from the same root verb as Muhammad. Its meaning is -
more laudable,
more commendable

Thus, the Will and Way of Allah SWT are made manifest. HE invariably informs the believers - through their Prophets and the Scriptures granted to them - of a Messenger yet to come. No justification/exuses can be profferred, therefore, if the advent of the Prophet is met with both rejection and denial.

Al-Qur'an Reveals the underlying unity of the Abrahamic Faiths and Communities;

Surah 2 Al-Baqarah, Verse,62
"...those who have attained to faith (in this divine writ),as well as those who follow the Jewish faith,and the Christians,and the Sabians - all who believe in God and the Last Day and do righteous deeds - shall have their reward with their Sustainer..."


The Prophet Muhammad and the great Messengers who preceded him, including Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus  conveyed and preached essentially the same Truth - there is only One God, Who will Judge Humankind on Judgment day.

Peace be upon the Noble Messengers of Allah The Beautiful.



Allahu 'Alam

 
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